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Quassel is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical.

Installing Quassel

apk add quassel-core

Configuring Quassel

The core configuration will be done through GUI when connecting the first client (quassel-client).

Before connecting, we should generate a certificate (this exemple sets the validity for 1 years, after which it needs to be reissued, just change the -days to another value if you so desire):

openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout /var/lib/quassel/quasselCert.pem -out /var/lib/quassel/quasselCert.pem

chown quassel:quassel /var/lib/quassel/quasselCert.pem

As this is a self-signed certificate, you can type whatever you want in the fields.

Quassel-core operates on port 4242, prepare accordingly if a firewall rule is needed on your setup.

Start the core and add to boot

/etc/init.d/quasselcore start && rc-update add quasselcore default

Start the client and connect to core.

Accept your self-created certificate.

Now set up your IRC-servers and IRC-nicknames on the core.

As this is the first time you connected to the core, you should see a wizard where you can set up the first user-account.